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Review: The Vampire Diaries - Haunted

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 30th 2009 3:12PM
The Vampire Diaries - Vicki
(S01E07) "So she's a vampire with issues?" - Elena to Stefan about Vicki

Well! In case you haven't watched this week's episode yet, I'll save the big spoiler for after the jump. Suffice to say that things are jumping in The Vampire Diaries, and for some characters, that's not necessarily a good thing.

I continue to love the show and look forward to it every week (and was seriously bummed when it wasn't on last week!). In a sea of mediocre new shows (well, mediocre to me anyway), that IS a good thing.

Vicki is dead! As in, really dead, not just vampire dead. That was a pretty intense scene when she started going all crazy on Elena and Jeremy at the Halloween party, but I didn't really expect Stefan to shove a wooden stake through her heart. At that point, it seems like he could have just overpowered her without killing her, but maybe not. Kayla Ewell did a fantastic job of showing the hunger and rage of a newly-made vampire.

In the earlier episodes, I wasn't that into Vicki as a person, but when she became a vampire, I was looking forward to seeing her evolve, so to speak. Now I'm sad that they've killed her off (and I'm guessing she really is killed; a stake through the heart is the real deal for a vampire). Not only that, but it was fun watching Stefan and Damon coach her on what it means to be a vampire, each in their own unique way.

So Damon really has a heart, huh? I love him being deliciously evil and lacking a soul, but I guess you've got to give the character some redeeming qualities. I'm harking back to Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how he was just evil incarnate at the beginning of his character. Then again, he got a little watered down as the writers let him evolve and get a heart and love Buffy. I hope that doesn't happen with Damon.

But the fact that Damon has a heart will make for interesting interaction between Stefan, Elena and him. With Damon ordering Elena to leave when her wounds were bleeding (so he wouldn't attack her), and then him erasing Jeremy's memories of what happened with Vicki, it will give Elena more of a reason to be torn between Damon and Stefan. At least, it seems like that's where the story is headed. Hard to say.

The witch storyline is interesting, and I loved seeing Jasmine Guy pop up as Bonnie's aunt. She makes a great witch. As far as anyone else knows, she's "just a kooky lady who teaches occult at the university," but we know her family fled Salem in the 1600s, relocated there and lived in secrecy for hundreds of years. And she takes her witchiness seriously, telling Bonnie, "It's not meant to be fun. It's real and it's serious, and you must understand it before you practice it." Something tells me that Bonnie will be having some fun with it, though.

I'll leave you with this:

"She's been cooped up in your room all day. She's not Anne Frank." - Damon to Stefan about Vicki

Your thoughts on this episode? Where do you think things are headed with the witch necklace? And what did you think about what happened when Damon tried taking the necklace? Things could get interesting between Damon and Bonnie.

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Corrector

I was happy to see her go. Her character was just a little too whiny. I'm still mixed on the show. I like the principles, but I find the town's "vampire squad" to be rather poor actors.

That said, I think the show has legs and, if we get the whole season, there will certainly be more dark episodes ahead!

P.S. Anyone else think Vicki/Kayla could use a burger or ten?

November 02 2009 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ridger11

I loved this episode, probably the best of the series so far. I think Vicki is dea, but I have a feeling Damon didn't wuite change Elena's brother's mind in the way she was hoping. Remember, Damon is the bad vampire, so he may be setting up Jeremy to help him later

November 02 2009 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diana

Let's be clear. Damon is NOTHING compared to Spike, just like Vampire Diaries shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as Buffy the Vampire Slayers. From my pov anyway.

Back to the episode. How come everybody thinks it's such a good idea to have Damon screw around with Jeremy's head. 1. Mind rape is not cool. 2. It's a mind rape performed by the so called evil vampire of the show.

Just what gives Elena the right to do that to her brother? Just because she's the oldest? here's an idea, why not talk to her brother? Why not comfort him? When he lost his parents he resorted to doing drugs and screwing the town's bad girl. So something tells me Elena wasn't there for him the first time.

To wipe away everything with the power of mind rape seems not only cheap, but the perfect way to prevent any character development in Jeremy.

October 31 2009 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tania

I love how this series is evolving. At first I was a little disappointed with how they casted and changed some of the characters up but overall pleased with where its taking us. I still find it tough now and again knowing the books and watching the show but I'm learning how to kind of keep them separated.

Just a quick note though, Bonnie was with her Gram not aunt.

October 30 2009 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

Erin - I bet you're right. I hope so! Vicki's character was just getting good, so I'd hate to think that's the end of her.

Raked - Good catch on that 1800s photo. Maybe she used her witching powers to get the photo...?

Lauren - I really adore Damon, too - much more interesting than Stefan. With Buffy, I was all about Angel at the beginning, but then Spike came along and I'm like, Angel who? Oh the Angel fans will strike me down for that. But I watched all of the Angel series and that upped his status with me again.

October 30 2009 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Courtney

I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, but you just reminded me of one nitpick I just remembered. When the grandmother showed a picture of the necklace. A young, African American woman getting a formal photograph in the 1800s? Somehow I doubt it.

Otherwise, fantastic episode.

October 30 2009 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lauren

Thank you for pointing out the 1800's idea. Since I've finished reading the four books about a week ago, I just cannot see this bonnie as the one in the book because bonnie's celtic druid background is pivotal to her powers. The casting did not make sense to me.
Explained in the books, newer vamps do not explode into dust only the really old ones do.
Loved the episode though. I feel like I keep posting every week about this show! Is it bad that I just adore damon soo much more than stefan (who the show assumes we are supposed to love)?!

October 30 2009 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin

Oh, what a good episode! Regarding Vicki, there's got to be something more going on. I think that, if she's really dead, Damon put her body somewhere obvious, so that the Council will think that the vampire is dead. (Per his conversation with Ms. Daisy Buchanan -- can't remember her real name -- they only think there's one vampire in town.)

On the other hand, she might not be dead. She didn't burst into dust or dissolve into a puddle of blood or do anything else to otherwise prevent the writers from bringing her back, and I couldn't tell if Stefan staked her through the heart (looked more centered near her sternum). She certainly looked dead, but until we see what Damon did with her body, I won't bank on it.

October 30 2009 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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